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Secret Stories on the Silk Road (Hardback)

Symbols, Architectures and Myths between Italy, the Middle East and China

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory

Imprint: Mimesis International
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9788869773396
Published: 28th September 2022
Casemate UK Academic

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This volume offers a fascinating journey into the world of symbols, architecture and myths, both familiar and less well-known. The road it takes is sometimes the caravan trail, others a Roman road from the classical world, and includes junctions and overlapping influences between East and West.

 

The first stop takes us from the steppe of the Goths through to the city of Ravenna, focusing on King Theodoric. A man of the steppe, Theodoric was illiterate but wrote in stone through his indecipherable, famous monument, the mausoleum of Ravenna. It is an architecture of myth that needs to be read in all of its architectonic connections – within its spatial dynamism and geometric symbolism, which reveals echoes of the Middle East. The second step begins in Greece and arrives in Italy. The third encompasses an enormous arch, passing from the Roman imperial eagle to the Chinese imperial dragon. Extensively illustrated, this volume explores symbolic, architectural, and mythological connections across the globe.

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